From time to time, we will use Lutheran Potluck to
publicize news from the ELCA’s regional archives system. The ELCA is
divided into nine geographic regions and each of those regions has a
regional archives that maintain the historical records of the ministries
of the ELCA synods in those regions as well as those synods’
predecessor bodies. In addition to these records, regional archives are
also the repositories for the records of closed, disbanded, or dissolved
congregations located in those regions. This week we share news from
Jennifer Long, archivist for Region 6 which comprises six synods located
in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio:
“The ELCA Region 6 Archives Attends Synod Assemblies,” Jennifer Long, archivist, Region 6
Assembly season is an exciting time for the ELCA Region 6 Archives. In
May, the ELCA Region 6 Archives had the privilege to be represented at
the North/West Lower Michigan Synod and Southeast Michigan Synod Joint
Assembly in Lansing, MI. The Archives joined synod and regional
ministries as they created their display tables and interacted with
assembly participants. The archivist enjoyed speaking with members of
the North/West Michigan and Southeast Michigan synods about how
congregation members and the Region 6 Archives can work together to
preserve and share Lutheran history.
1951 ALC International Luther League convention, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.
June, the Archives had the opportunity to be represented in the
Celebration of Ministries during the Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly in
Covington, KY. The Celebration of Ministries is unique in that it
schedules specific times for assembly participants to interact with the
synod and regional ministries. The Archives also had the opportunity to
conduct a breakout session on “Congregational Record-Keeping,”
featuring the new records retention schedule from the ELCA Office of the
Secretary’s web page.
The ELCA Region 6
Archives is grateful to the staff and people of the North/West Lower
Michigan Synod, Southeast Michigan Synod, and Indiana-Kentucky Synod for
their work, dedication, and hospitality during the synod assemblies.